West Virginia

Average flight from UK: 11h 38m                   Capital: Charleston


Discover the allure of West Virginia, a state where the rustic charm of the Appalachian Mountains meets serene landscapes and bustling cities, promising an adventure for every type of traveler. This close sibling of Virginia stands distinct with its rugged contours and a tranquil ambiance, a stark contrast to its neighbor's urban sprawl and Atlantic coastline. 

A haven for road trips, especially in the autumnal glow, West Virginia's quiet calm is punctuated by the scenic grandeur of places like the Monongahela National Forest, where over 500 miles of trails and 919,000 acres of dense, leafy expanse await.


Venture into the state's heart, where the Potomac Highlands and the Blackwater Falls State Park offer dramatic gorges and

 cascading waters. History buffs will find solace in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, a picturesque spot steeped in Civi War lore. Meanwhile, Charleston, the vibrant capital, beckons with its cultural offerings and culinary delights. 


Known as the 'Mountain State', West Virginia is an ode to the great outdoors, with the Highland Scenic Highway offering breathtaking views and the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System providing 500 miles of exhilarating paths for the adventurous.

Whether you're drawn to the thrill of white water rafting on the New River, the challenge of Class V rapids on the Gauley River, or the serenity of a massage treatment at Berkeley Springs State Park, West Virginia caters to both the adrenaline seeker and the relaxation enthusiast. 

From the historical significance of its Civil War sites to the cultural richness found in Charleston's FestivALL, the state is a tapestry of experiences. Its Appalachian roots are celebrated through music, food, and festivals, inviting you to partake in traditions that have shaped the region.


Accommodations range from luxury resorts to rustic lodges, each offering a unique vantage point to the state's stunning 80% forested landscape, dotted with rivers, state parks, and historic towns like Harpers Ferry. Whether it's summer activities on the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, skiing in winter, or soaking in naturally occurring mineral springs, West Virginia's blend of adventure, history, and natural beauty creates a destination that's not just a place to visit, but a place to experience and cherish.

      West Virginia: A Tapestry of Natural Wonders and Cultural Riches

 Explore the Hidden Wonders: Unique Escapes & Captivating Views in West Virginia

Hidden Gems in West Virginia:

  1. Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, Rock: Explore the eerie remains of this defunct amusement park, perfect for a haunting photoshoot​​.
  2. Thurmond Ghost Town, Thurmond: Visit this nearly abandoned town with a rich mining history, accessible by Amtrak's Cardinal Line for a glimpse into the past​​​​.
  3. Mothman Museum, Point Pleasant: Dive into the legend of the Mothman, a local cryptid, and visit the nearby imposing statue​​​​.
  4. Congressional Fallout Shelter at the Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs: Tour the massive Cold War-era bunker designed to house Congress in an emergency​​​​.
  5. New Vrindaban Palace of Gold, Moundsville: Marvel at this intricate temple with beautiful gardens, reminiscent of Indian architecture​​​​.

Must-Do Activities in West Virginia:

  1. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: Immerse yourself in Civil War history and enjoy picturesque trails and 19th-century architecture​​.
  2. Whitewater Rafting in Gauley River, Victor: Experience the thrill of navigating one of the world's top whitewater rivers​​.
  3. Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis: Don't miss the 57-foot cascade of amber waters, one of the most photographed spots in the state​​.
  4. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston: Explore this historic and reportedly haunted asylum, offering both history and ghost tours​​.
  5. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass: Ride the heritage train for unparalleled views of West Virginia's idyllic nature and wildlife​​.

Instagrammable Spots in West Virginia:

  1. Blackwater Falls State Park: Capture the stunning falls from a swing located just off the main trail​​.
  2. Cacapon Resort State Park: Snap breathtaking pictures at the Cacapon Mountain Overlook with its mountains as far as the eye can see​​.
  3. Coopers Rock State Forest: Enjoy lush forest backdrops perfect for a nature-infused selfie from a swing​​.
  4. Philippi Covered Bridge: Take a swing selfie with the picturesque backdrop of this historic covered bridge​​.
  5. Wheeling Heritage Port: Overlook the iconic Wheeling Suspension Bridge and the Ohio River from a conveniently located swing​​.

     Current Weather in West Virginia

   Time difference to the UK - 5 hours

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